Geography & Environmental Studies

MSC 01 1110
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Bandelier West & East

Phone: (505)277-5041
Fax: (505)277-3614



Bandelier Hall West – Room 223


  • Environment and Natural Resource Management
  • Adaptive Management
  • Social/Ecological Systems


Curriculum Vitae


Educational Background
Juris Doctorate, 1998
University of Idaho College of Law
Law Review Comment: Was the Lorax an Outfitter and Guide? A Shift in Idaho’s Standing Doctrine: Boundary Backpackers v. Boundary County and Selkirk-Priest Basin Ass’n v. State, 34 Idaho Law Review 127 (1997), Dale Goble, Advisor


Bachelor of Arts with Honors, 1991
University of Oregon
Honors thesis: Consensus Decisionmaking in the Public Realm: a Practical and Theoretical Consideration of Plurality,” Deborah Baumgold, Advisor.


Courses Taught
  • Nature and Society
  • Environmental Management
  • Public Land Management
  • Seminar in Natural Resource Management


Selected Publications
Benson, M.H. and A.G. Garmestani. 2011. “Embracing panarchy, building resilience and integrating adaptive management through a rebirth of the National Environmental Policy Act,” Journal of Environmental Management 92(5):1420 –1427.


Benson, M.H. 2010. “Regional Initiatives: Scaling the Climate Response and Responding to Conceptions of Scale,”Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100: 1025 – 1035.


Benson, M.H. 2010. “Adaptive Management Approaches by Resource Management Agencies in the United States: Implications for Energy Development in the Interior West,” Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law 28 (1) 87-118.


Benson, M.H. 2010. “Legislative Reallocation: How Compliance with Federal Legislative Initiatives including the Endangered Species Act Results in the Redistribution of Water Resources,” Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education 144: 1-7.


Benson, M.H. 2010. “Are We Addicted to Oil? Lessons from Mental Health,” Southwestern Geographer 14: 121-136


Benson, M.H. 2009. “Integrating Adaptive Management and Oil and Gas Development: Existing Obstacles and Opportunities for Reform,” Environmental Law Reporter 39: 10962-78.


Administrative Duties
Symposium Coordinator